Britain’s second largest and third most visited city, Manchester's canal system bears testament to its industrial heritage. Modern day achievements include science, engineering, transport and sport - yet the city is rich and diverse in culture too.
Getting around the very centre of Manchester is easy with regular buses and Metrolink trams, though car hire makes it easier to see urban regeneration projects including Salford Quay, home to the Imperial War Museum North and Lowry Centre, housed in an ultra-modern building and an interesting contrast to the matchstick paintings of what life was like in old times. There is also a wide choice of other art galleries and exhibitions; Manchester International Festival is held every two years.
West End productions visit the Palace and Royal Exchange Theatres, while other choices range from the new Albert Hall to the impressive Opera House - or the Comedy Store for humour. Manchester Arena is a large indoor concert venue and close to the centre. Numerous museums depict the Industrial Revolution and local area, while Egyptology and other natural artefacts form the centrepiece of the Manchester Museum’s displays.
With your hire car organised, the Granada Television Studios on Quay Street are easily reached, to see the Coronation Street set. As well as the National Football Museum near the cathedral and Corn Exchange, Manchester United’s home stadium is situated to the south west, in Old Trafford.
Just a quick drive with car hire, Heaton Park lies to the north of the city and makes a pleasant trip with a boating lake, trams and walking routes. Further northwest is the coastal resort of Blackpool with its landmark tower and famous illuminations or ‘lights’. To the west is Liverpool – ideal for shopping, Beatles culture and ferry excursions on the River Mersey. Further south is the Roman city of Chester, easily reached with a quick motorway drive and well worth visiting for its zoo and historic heritage.
There are also boat trips on the River Dee, walks on the city walls as well as delightful shopping in the rows (old raised walkways above street level). Alternatively, head east with your car hire for the Pennine Mountains and Peak District National Park – part of the Pennine Way walk, boasting rugged yet beautiful views, with the fashionable spa town of Buxton at its heart.
Whether you’re road tripping through the state or venturing around the city, do yourself a favor and rent a car in Manchester. When you sit behind the wheel of your rental car, you can forget about hailing taxis and memorizing public transportation schedules. Because with access to a car rental in Manchester, you’re free to travel where and when you want. Thanks to a set of wheels, experience the freedom of exploring the entire area on your own watch.